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14 Delightfully Geeky Wedding Cake Toppers

We’ve seen geeky wedding invitations, wedding rings and wedding gowns, but now it’s time to look at the geeky sculptures resting on the top tier of the cake.

1. Futurama

This Futurama cake was spotted by Flickr user alanosaur at a friend’s wedding.

2. My Little Pony

DeviantArt user DeeKerry was commissioned to make these My Little Pony cake toppers for two of her recurring customers. Rainbow Dash is the bride’s favorite pony and Big Macintosh is the groom’s favorite, so the pieces perfectly represented the couple.

3. The Simpsons

Weddinator reader chemmy bought Simpsons action figures on eBay and painted and accessorized them so they would serve as great geeky cake toppers at his wedding.

4. Zombie Superheroes

Technically, these are collectable statues, not cake toppers, but they just happen to be the right size—plus, the idea of having Mary Jane and Spider Man in their Marvel Zombies versions (complete with a bloody wedding dress) would be all too perfect as a cake topper for any comic book geek's wedding. As a bonus, you could keep them on display at your house long after the ceremony is over.

5. Regular Superheroes

If you prefer DC and don’t want your heroes to be undead, then perhaps you’d prefer this amazing Black Canary and Green Arrow topper created by sculptor Kyla Richards for a wedding themed around the two comic book lovers.

6. Monty Python

When Offbeat Bride reader Spaz Girl was still getting to know her future husband, he happened to ask if she knew the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. When she responded “African or European?” he asked her out for coffee, and the rest is history.

Fans of Monty Python will, of course, recognize the reference from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They’ll also see why it meant so much to the couple to get a custom cake topper featuring an African and a European swallow carrying a coconut together.

7. World Of Warcraft


With all the relationships that have started on MMOs like World of Warcraft, it’s no surprise that some of them want their avatars to be used on their cakes. If you’ve ever wished your Warcraft character could make an appearance at your wedding, then you should definitely talk to sculptor Paul Pape, who specializes in making custom cake toppers—many of which, like the one above, have been based on video game avatars.

8. Zelda


Melanie Murray wanted to surprise her geeky fiancé at their wedding, so she made this fantastic Zelda and Link cake topper and kept it a secret. I’m sure all you classic gamers can appreciate just how romantic and meaningful this gesture was.

9. Totally Custom

Garden Ninja has a number of great custom made cake toppers that not only look like the bride and groom, but also reflect their interests. In fact, whether you would rather be a zombie, kill zombies, or marry a monster, the site has you covered, with all kinds of unique cake topper designs.

10. Katamari


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Sam and Teri were on a roll (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) when they designed this amazing Katamari cake topper that features the Prince collecting the bouquet, champagne bottles, the cake, and the bride and groom themselves.

11. Adventure Time


DeviantArt user ImSodaHyper made this adorable Adventure Time cake topper—which features Fionna and Finn holding hands—out of clay. While they make a great team, I must say the wedding cake would look a little lonely if Jake and Cake didn’t make an appearance somewhere.

12. Super Mario Bros.

What’s the perfect way to top off a plate of Mario-mushroom-inspired cupcakes? I think Telitha and Jonathan had it right when they decorated their cupcake stand with customized Luigi and Daisy Bobble Heads.

13. Robots


If you wish your officiant would end the ceremony by announcing “I now pronounce you man and bot,” then you’ll certainly love these handmade robot cake toppers from Etsy seller RobotsAreAwesome.

14. Dr. Who


Fans of Doctor Who will tell you that while the Doctor has had many loves, his heart will always belong to the Tardis, particularly after she came alive in “The Doctor’s Wife.” That’s why this cake topper, by The Cake Kitchen, which features Doctor 11 and the TARDIS in her human form, is a perfect accent for any wedding cake, or in this case, a groom’s cake.

Even many traditional marriages still incorporate some slightly unique cake toppers as a way to celebrate the bride and groom’s individuality, so I’m sure many of our readers had one made for their big day. If yours was at all nerdy, please tell us about it in the comments—or even better, post a picture of it!

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Chewbacca
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Even if you don't know the name Peter Mayhew, you surely know about Chewbacca—the seven-foot tall Wookiee he has played onscreen for over three decades. In honor of Mayhew’s birthday, here are 15 things you might not know about Han Solo's BFF.

1. HE WAS INSPIRED BY GEORGE LUCAS'S DOG.

The character of Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas’s big, hairy Alaskan malamute, Indiana. According to Lucas, the dog would always sit in the passenger seat of his car like a copilot, and people would confuse the dog for an actual person. And in case you're wondering: yes, that same dog was also the inspiration behind the name of one of Lucas’s other creations, Indiana Jones.

2. HIS NAME IS OF RUSSIAN ORIGIN.

The name “Chewbacca” was derived from the Russian word Sobaka (собака), meaning “dog.” The term “Wookiee” came from voice actor Terry McGovern; when he was doing voiceover tracks for Lucas's directorial debut, THX 1138, McGovern randomly improvised the line, “I think I just ran over a Wookiee” during one of the sessions.

3. HE'S REALLY, REALLY OLD.

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Chewbacca is 200 years old.

4. PETER MAYHEW'S HEIGHT HELPED HIM LAND THE ROLE.

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Mayhew was chosen to play everyone’s favorite Wookiee primarily because of his tremendous height: He's 7 feet 3 inches tall.

5. HIS SUIT IS MADE FROM A MIX OF ANIMAL HAIRS, AND EVENTUALLY INCLUDED A COOLING SYSTEM.

For the original trilogy (and the infamous holiday special), the Chewbacca costume was made with a combination of real yak and rabbit hair knitted into a base of mohair. A slightly altered original Chewie costume was used in 1999's The Phantom Menace for the Wookiee senator character Yarua, and a new costume used during Episode III included a specially made water-cooling system so that Mayhew could wear the suit for long periods of time and not be overheated.

6. ONE OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S CLOSEST CREATORS DESIGNED THE COSTUME.

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To create the original costume for Chewbacca, Lucas hired legendary makeup supervisor Stuart Freeborn, who was recruited because of his work on the apes in the “Dawn of Man” sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Freeborn had also previously worked with Kubrick on Dr. Strangelove to effectively disguise Peter Sellers in each of his three roles in that film.) Freeborn would go on to supervise the creation of Yoda in The Empire Strike Back and Jabba the Hutt and the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi.

Lucas originally wanted Freeborn’s costume for Chewie to be a combination of a monkey, a dog, and a cat. According to Freeborn, the biggest problem during production with the costume was with Mayhew’s eyes. The actor’s body heat in the mask caused his face to detach from the costume's eyes and made them look separate from the mask.

7. FINDING CHEWBACCA'S VOICE WAS BEN BURTT'S FIRST ASSIGNMENT.

The first sound effect that director George Lucas hired now-legendary sound designer Ben Burtt for on Star Wars was Chewbacca’s voice (this was all the way back during the script stage). During the year of preliminary sound recording, Burtt principally used the vocalization of a black bear named Tarik from Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California for Chewbacca. He would eventually synchronize those sounds with further walrus, lion, and badger vocalizations for the complete voice. The name of the language Chewbacca speaks came to be known in the Star Wars universe as “Shyriiwook.”

8. ROGER EBERT WAS NOT A FAN.

Roger Ebert was not a fan of the big guy. In his 1997 review of the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back, Ebert basically called Chewbacca the worst character in the series. “This character was thrown into the first film as window dressing, was never thought through, and as a result has been saddled with one facial expression and one mournful yelp," the famed critic wrote. "Much more could have been done. How can you be a space pilot and not be able to communicate in any meaningful way? Does Han Solo really understand Chewie's monotonous noises? Do they have long chats sometimes? Never mind.”

9. HE WAS ORIGINALLY MUCH MORE SCANTILY CLAD.

In the summary for Lucas’s second draft (dated January 28, 1975, when the film was called “Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars”), Chewbacca is described as “an eight-foot tall, savage-looking creature resembling a huge gray bushbaby-monkey with fierce ‘baboon’-like fangs. His large yellow eyes dominate a fur-covered face … [and] over his matted, furry body he wears two chrome bandoliers, a flak jacket painted in a bizarre camouflage pattern, brown cloth shorts, and little else.”

10. HIS DESIGN WAS BASED ON RALPH MCQUARRIE'S CONCEPT ART.

Chewbacca’s character design was based on concept art drawn by Ralph McQuarrie. Lucas had originally given McQuarrie a photo of a lemur for inspiration, and McQuarrie proceeded to draw the character as a female—but Chewbacca was soon changed to a male. McQuarrie based his furry design on an illustration by artist John Schoenherr, which was commissioned for Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin’s short story “And Seven Times Never Kill a Man.” Sharp-eyed Chewbacca fans will recognize that Schoenherr’s drawing even includes what resembles the Wookiee’s signature weapon, the Bowcaster.

11. HE WON A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

Fans were angry for decades that Chewie didn’t receive a medal of valor like Luke and Han did at the end of A New Hope, so MTV gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. The medal was given to Mayhew—decked out in full costume—by Princess Leia herself, actress Carrie Fisher. His acceptance speech, made entirely in Wookiee grunts, lasted 16 seconds. When asked why Chewbacca didn’t receive a medal at the end of the first film, Lucas explained, “Medals really don’t mean much to Wookiees. They don’t really put too much credence in them. They have different kinds of ceremonies.”

12. HE HAS A FAMILY BACK HOME.

According to the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, Chewbacca had a wife named Mallatobuck, a son named Lumpawaroo (a.k.a. “Lumpy”), and a father named Attichitcuk (aka “Itchy”). In the special, Chewie and Han visit the Wookiee home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day,” a celebration of the Wookiee home planet’s diverse ecosystem. The special featured appearances and musical numbers by Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur, and marked the first appearance of Boba Fett. Lucas hated the special so much that he limited its availability following its original airdate on November 17, 1978.

13. MAYHEW'S BIG FEET ARE WHAT KICKSTARTED HIS CAREER.

Mayhew’s path to playing Chewbacca began with a string of lucky breaks—and his big feet. A local London reporter was doing a story on people with big feet and happened to profile Mayhew. A movie producer saw the article and cast him—in an uncredited role—as Minoton the minotaur in the film Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. One of the makeup men on Sinbad was also working on the Wookiee costume with Stuart Freeborn for Star Wars and suggested to the producers that they screen test Mayhew. The rest is Wookiee history.

14. MAYHEW KEPT HIS DAY JOB WHILE SHOOTING STAR WARS.

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During the shooting of Star Wars, Mayhew kept working his day job as a deputy head porter in a London hospital. Though he was let go because of his sudden varying shooting schedule at Elstree Studios, he was eventually hired back after production wrapped.

15. DARTH VADER COULD HAVE BEEN CHEWBACCA.

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David Prowse, the 6’5” actor who ended up portraying Darth Vader—in costume only—originally turned down the role of Chewbacca.  When given the choice between portraying the two characters, Prowse said, “I turned down the role of Chewbacca at once. I know that people remember villains longer than heroes. At the time I didn’t know I’d be wearing a mask, and throughout production I thought Vader’s voice would be mine.”

Additional Sources: Star Wars DVD special features
The Making of Star Wars: The definitive Story Behind the Original Film, J.W. Rinzler

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